Franchise fatigue, movie misfires, and the changing world of big-budget blockbusters – The ESO Broadcasting Network

Film franchises generate big business for Hollywood. Star Wars and Marvel seem to be leading the trend, with their brand names wielding enough power to regularly generate $100 million+ openings. Audiences just can’t seem to get enough, and even risky gambits have paid off — like “Rogue One,” a Star Wars movie that doesn’t feature any Jedi, and films that star some of Marvel’s more obscure characters. However, that trend isn’t holding true for all of Hollywood’s would-be franchises. Despite “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” kicking off the summer blockbuster season with a strong start and a major boost […]

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2017 summer movie preview – The ESO Broadcasting Network

Summer blockbuster season is almost here! The summer movie season kicks off with the release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” on May 5, and there’s a (potential) blockbuster pretty much every weekend till August. Here are the biggest movies to keep on your radar: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (May 5) is my most anticipated movie of the summer and, unless there’s a surprise breakout film, it will likely be the biggest money-maker of the season. The previews so far have been tons of fun (I’m betting Drax and Baby Groot will steal the show). However, the […]

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Blockbusters, bad buzz, and box office bombs: Summer 2016 in review – The ESO Network

By Ashley Pauls Box Office Buzz Well, that was…interesting. I was trying to come up with a sentence to summarize my thoughts on the 2016 summer blockbuster season, and that’s what I ended up with. As a whole, this summer seemed to have a larger number of misfires than normal, and quite a few major … Continue reading

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2016 summer movie preview – The ESO Network

By Ashley Pauls Box Office Buzz It’s that time of year again — summer blockbuster season is here! Summer is typically my favorite time of the year at the movie theater, because it tends to bring more science fiction and superhero films, my two favorite genres. This year, however, my “must see” list seems to … Continue reading

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Hits and misses: Summer 2014 in review

By Ashley Bergner Box Office Buzz Predicting what movies will be blockbusters and which ones will be bombs can be a tricky business. You can have a film come from seemingly out of nowhere to be a huge hit, or a film that generates a high level of buzz but doesn’t live up to the … Continue reading

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